The University of St Andrews and Springer Nature

UK Universities are in negotiation with publisher Springer Nature to secure a sustainable read and publish agreement for the Springer Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals. The negotiations include a renewal of the existing transformative open access (OA) agreement for over 2,000 other Springer journals (known as 'Springer Compact'). Existing agreements terminate on 31 December 2022.    

Reaching a Transformative Agreement (TA) is important for continuing read access at reasonable cost, and to provide flexible options for University of St Andrews authors when choosing their open access route. Open access under a TA is one route to comply with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and other funders' policies, in addition to the green route supported by rights retention strategies. The aim is therefore to reach an affordable read and publish deal. 

In the meantime, University of St Andrews researchers can continue to publish in Springer Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals, taking alternative steps to ensure their work complies with funder requirements. [see FAQ]

The Director and Deputy Director of Libraries and Museums are leading these negotiations for the University of St Andrews in collaboration with other research-intensive universities and working closely with the Head of Open Research, who is a member of the Jisc Content Expert Group.

Representatives across all disciplines within the University's academic community are being consulted through the Open Research Working Group, the Research, Impact and Innovation Committee and directly through Directors of Research in Schools. Senior leaders, including the VP Research, Collections and Innovation, are closely engaged with these groups and with the University's response. 

Key Questions

To support planning and analysis throughout the process the Libraries and Museums would like to hear all voices, from across disciplines and roles, to ensure the University's response is rooted in the interests of researchers at all levels.  

You can get in touch by contacting Deputy Director of Libraries and Museums, Jennifer Louden jal9@st-andrews.ac.uk or Head of Open Research, Jackie Proven open-research@st-andrews.ac.uk.